Wexford firm eases freeze as snow ploughs go down storm
Engineers turn up heat with adaptable solutions for worsening winter weather
Last winter's near-Arctic conditions caused havoc for rural and urban communities alike. Between frozen pipes, icy roads and those blocked by snow drifts, it was a period that most would rather forget.
However, the indications are that these extreme conditions may not be uncommon in the future. Some weather experts have gone as far as predicting that such harsh winters will become the norm over the next few years.
With this in mind, one Co Wexford engineering firm has decided to develop a novel business idea.
Dermot Redmond Engineering (DRE) Ltd is a light engineering firm located between Bunclody and Clonegal in north Wexford.
Last winter's heavy snowfall created many difficulties for businesses such as DRE Ltd and these were not confined to simply getting to work.
As all the metal and raw materials used in the fabrication workshop were stored outside in an open yard, the snow and ice made it very difficult to move stock.
"This was a big problem for us. The yard was covered in inches of snow and was very hazardous even to get to the office and workshop," explained Dermot Redmond.
"The yard needed to be cleared so we built a snowplough for the forklift and cleared all the snow before it was compacted into a slippery nightmare," he added.